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Popular amenities for Honolulu vacation rentals

Stay near Honolulu's top sights

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort78 locals recommend
Ala Moana Center829 locals recommend
Waikiki Beach63 locals recommend
Kailua Beach Park200 locals recommend
Pearl Harbor National Memorial88 locals recommend
Honolulu Zoo334 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Honolulu

  • Total rentals

    8.2K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    4K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    5.6K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    770 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    280K reviews

Your guide to Honolulu

All About Honolulu

As Hawaii’s state capital, the largest city across the islands, and the most remote major city in the world, Honolulu has long been the most famous and popular gateway into the Hawaiian experience. With a population of nearly 1 million residents, Honolulu thrums with diversity and energy, and a lush surrounding landscape and gentle aquamarine shores frame its populous high-rise skyline.

Blessed with a beautiful and swimmable beachfront — Honolulu means "calm port" in Hawaiian — visitors will have a wealth of oceanfront activities to choose from, whether it’s snorkeling in nearby Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve or strolling across Waikiki Beach in the shadow of the city’s most luxurious resorts, or stand-up paddleboarding under the warm glow of a Oahu sunset.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Honolulu

Chances are you’ll never need anything more than a light sweater or jacket to stay warm in Honolulu, where average temperatures typically hover between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm and dry summer weather extends from April through November. The island’s pleasant trade winds cause temperatures to fall only modestly between December and March.

Top things to do in Honolulu

Diamond Head State Monument

The hike up to the 300,000-year-old volcanic Diamond Head Crater would be arduous if the trek wasn’t so breathtakingly beautiful along the way. The reward for those tired legs is a stunning view of Honolulu and the glistening Pacific below that deserves numerous photos for posterity. Just be sure to arrive early to avoid the wave of crowds, bring cash for the walk-in entry fee, and wear a hat and bring water for the hike up.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Those hoping to escape from highly developed Waikiki Beach should make their way southeast along the East Honolulu coast. A sheltered and tranquil bay awaits, offering some of the best snorkeling on the island for beginners. Just note: Getting down to the reef requires a 10-minute descent by a steep trail, and there’s a small admission fee (those with disabilities can take a bus down for a smaller fee).

Honolulu Chinatown

If you want to immerse yourself in the scene where Honolulu locals dine, shop, and celebrate, head over to the city's Chinatown district. Many of the best new restaurants helmed by young Hawaiian talent are based in this section of Honolulu, packed with Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese markets and shops. The Maunakea Marketplace food court is recommended for a snack or meal, and numerous galleries and local boutiques further flavor the neighborhood.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Honolulu?

    Honolulu experiences a tropical climate with temperatures often ranging from 75°F (24°C) to 85°F (29°C) year-round. While summer is typically dry, expect some rainfall during wintertime, especially in December.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Honolulu?

    Explore the vibrant history of Hawaii at 'Iolani Palace, dive into local culture at the Bishop Museum, or nurture your love for nature at the Honolulu Botanic Gardens. Surfing and snorkeling are also popular activities, with Waikiki Beach being a favored spot for both.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Honolulu?

    Winter, from December to March, is the most popular time to visit Honolulu. During this period, events such as the Honolulu Marathon and the Honolulu Festival, which celebrates Pacific Rim cultures, attract many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Honolulu?

    Waikiki is a frequently suggested area for its proximity to the beach, shopping, and dining. Downtown Honolulu is also popular for its historic sites and bustling nightlife, while Ala Moana caters to those seeking upscale shopping and dining.

  • What are the best places to visit in Honolulu?

    Popular places to visit in Honolulu include the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Waikiki Beach, and the USS Arizona Memorial. Cultural enthusiasts may also enjoy visiting Chinatown and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

  • What are some hiking trails in Honolulu?

    Honolulu has several hiking trails to explore. Diamond Head State Monument provides a challenging trek with rewarding views. The Manoa Falls Trail and Koko Crater Railway Trail are also frequently suggested for their natural beauty.

  • What are some family activities to do in Honolulu?

    Families can explore the Honolulu Zoo, marvel at marine life at the Waikiki Aquarium, or enjoy an interactive experience at the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center. For outdoor fun, a family picnic at Kapiolani Park is often recommended.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Honolulu?

    Embark on a journey to the North Shore, where you can explore the Polynesian Cultural Center and Haleiwa town. Another frequently suggested trip is to the eastern side of Oahu, where the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail await.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Honolulu?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Honolulu. From over 750 house rentals, over 2,260 apartment rentals to over 3,660 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there Honolulu vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 5,580 vacation homes with pools in Honolulu, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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